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Local Woman Chosen to Speak at March on Washington Commemoration


This week marks the 50 year anniversary of the March on Washington.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr gave his famous "I have a dream " speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Wednesday one North Dakotan gets the chance to speak from those same steps about what's most important to her.

This was the scene Saturday as thousands gathered to commemorate the March on Washington.

Wednesday marks the official fifty-year anniversary.

Standing Rock Sioux and U Mary senior Alayna Eagleshield says she is the only North Dakotan and the only native American invited to speak at the event.

The point was because of what Dr. King and all those leaders did on that day in 1963 was they fought for equality and different things like civic rights act and as we all know the civil rights movement wasn't just for African American people it was for native Americans as well.

Eagleshield says she's not exactly sure "how" she was chosen. She says The King Center sent our informal emails and one thing led to another.

She says she has two minutes to speak about what's important in her life.

I'm just speaking about what means to me which is my language and my culture. I was given instructions to pinpoint one of three freedoms they gave me the option of, the freedom to prosper, the freedom to coexist and the freedom to participate in government and I chose the freedom to prosper because that's what I believe my people are doing, we're prospering in different ways,"

Eagleshield says she's both honored and terrified by the opportunity to speak in Washington, D.C.

I get teary eyed when people tell me my family especially there real excited for me. A lot of people believe that I'll represent us well and I'm thankful for that."

Alayna says her family will be there including here two children including the one you saw in the interview whose name means "Thunder."

She says she was told she will speak between 1 and 1:15 but she's not sure if that's central time.

For more information on the event, you can visit the website www.officialmlkdream50.com

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